As an Indian, I should respect our national game i.e., Hockey! Yeah, I do respect it, but seriously I didn’t have any interest in playing or watching hockey, but the coincidence of having the first match of its kind (international level) in my city , and also the involvement of my father’s department, made me curious of watching it at least once!
There were 8 Asian countries viz China, Nepal, Sri lanka, Malaysia, UAE, Thailand, Singapore and India… in the tournament, which took place from 3rd- 11th April ’17 in the Aishbagh Stadium, Bhopal (M.P), India.
The Asian School Sport Federation allotted the hosting of Championship to India this time.
Picture from the internet
Malaysia trounced China 14-0 in the inaugural match…
Likewise the play continued, and the day, when I at last went to see the tournament, the Semi-finals! It was a match between India-China and Malaysia-Singapore one after the other.
Everyone thought India will lose (much of cliché), very less public to witness. China tried their ass off, but Indian team, seemed like, already took a pledge of not letting the country down! Some people were doing commentary work that how players should play and all, like that’s none less than sarcasm, if they knew so much about the sport, they must have been a part of the team rather than a mere viewer. That would have proven much fruitful, right?
Indian team did a fabulous job and brought the match in their favour. This victory was a slap for those who not just make fun of their country but are nothing less than a blot.
India beat china by 11–0, Awesome! After winning the match, the players were awarded a huge round of applause and a moment with the Secretary of the School Education Department, (M.P) Ms. Dipti Gaur Mukharjee. It must be a very proud moment for all… This way India crossed the semi-finals and entered the finals to be held a day after!
Next match was between Malaysia and Singapore, where Malaysia beat Singapore after a short struggle with scores as 12-1.
So the next day, India versus Malaysia, though I didn’t have to do anything with the sport but that time, I was literally praying, let India win! And why not? I wanted my first time witness of the National game to be cherished all my life!
The Indian School Team registered an emphatic 5-1 win against Malaysia to win the 5th Asian School Hockey Tournament! So proud.
In the match for third and fourth place, Singapore beat China 3-1 in a nail- biting shootout after the team ended the regulation time in 1-1 stalemate..
This victory brought not just goosebumps but also pride, respect and love towards the game not just for number of people witnessing it that time, but also those players and of course at an increase, India!